Friday, 27 October 2017

Our Coding Learning Journey Term 3

Our Coding Learning Journey
  • In partners, we found different objects around the classroom. We had to close our eyes, while our partners directed us towards the object by tapping a code on our backs.
  • Next we tried using Bee-Bot and Tynker Programming Applications. We programmed directions, actions and to get rid of any bugs in the programme. Then we discussed what is coding and what the possible purposes were for it were.

What is coding?
  • We discovered that computer programming, also known as coding, is the process of creating software.

Why Are We Learning to Code?
  • We found out that coding empowers us to do many things we wouldn't otherwise be able to do. These things include hand-crafting our own websites, becoming a career coder or even starting a technology business.

  • After this we learnt about the different motion blocks and other important functions. We also developed a bank of coding vocabulary. Next we explored Scratch Junior before designing a programme for the junior children.

Our design brief
  • Design a programme using Scratch Junior that will help teach our junior children about our school values.

The process

  • We got into collaborative groups and discussed the Key Competencies we would have to develop and use while taking part in this process. (Managing Self, Participating and Contributing, Relating to others)
  • We began to develop a storyboard to plan the sequence of events that our programme would have.

  • We leant what the different blocks did.
  • We developed our understanding of coding vocabulary.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Interest Projects Term 3

Interest Projects (IPs) - Term 3 2017

Perimeters -



Big Question and Driving Questions


Students should have…

Research and Plan

Have decided on two big questions they would like to learn about and decided on one to follow up on.

Checked spelling and display big question and driving questions

Decided where  and how they will get the information

Started a detailed diary
Teachers will need to…

Conference with children around their big question and driving questions.

Discussed options between both questions
Share class timeline


IP Workshop

Students should have…

Create a draft
Teachers will need to…

Teachers model finding information on net and power phrasing it

Check in on the creation of presentation drafts

Provide tips where needed (e.g. font choices, colours, choice of images, etc).

Take some time to talk the class through setting up a folder in Google Drive to send their presentation (which they can share with you).



Students should have…

Create a draft

Revise and Edit

Teachers will need to…

Discuss what a good presentation would be like. Make it clear for students - being prepared, loud voice, acting confident, knowing your information, etc.

Could the class decide how the room should be set up for presentations?

Have the class decide what kind of audience they will need to be while someone is sharing (this helps if they have decided on clear rules).

Discuss with the class how you could reward those who share well, also those who ask great questions and provide good feedback. Hapu points? Seating privileges?

Explain and facilitate the completion of portfolio samples.
Week 6
Have children choose their slot on a ‘sharing order’ list in your classroom.

Explain the process for sharing and giving feedback.

Our best examples from students (voted by students, chosen by teachers) will be shared in a syndicate assembly. Possibly some awards given out????

Portfolio sample - Evaluation Rubric??

Revise and Edit

Completed their portfolio sample for this project??
Make sure check points have been met
Week 7


- Present -
Watch and enjoy!
Week 8
Share with parents
Open up classroom

TERM 3 INQUIRY EVALUATION - Past, Present & Future

Group members:___________
Interest Project topic: Phones
Big Question: How have phones changed over time?

Little research has been collated. The big question has not been answered.
Some research has been used and in their own words.
Driving questions have been answered.
Great amounts of research has been collated and written into their own words, to support ideas and add value.
Little effort has been put into how things are arranged.
Ideas are organised and it looks good.
Eye-grabbing. Ideas are organised clearly and supported by images/digitally.
WOW factor
Group members read  their presentation to the audience.
Members are making effort by speaking clearly.
Confident, loud, clear voices
Looking at the audience a lot.
All members are taking part
Participating and Contributing
This area needs further development
Members have made effort to produce their IP.
All members have taken an active role in the success of my group and support group members
No evidence of the learning process has been kept (diary and references)
Diary entries have been recorded and some references are included
Detailed diary and reference list.

Great reading with expression and some interesting facts. Well done for ignoring the background noise and just getting on with the task. An awesome second part of your IP with interesting sounds and transitions. The quiz was an great way to find out if Koru 2 were listening and what they learnt through your presentation.
Feedback from Koru 2 Children
Liked how you persevered in the library with all the noise
It was great that you read on without worrying about the mistakes
Great quiz at the end really got us thinking

Group reflection:

Sharing our Interest Projects with parents.

Thursday, 5 October 2017


Koru 2 And The Science Of Character

As part of Character Day we have been looking closely at our own character strengths. Many of our character strengths are in line with the New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies and our school values.

Over the weeks we have studied ourselves very closely. Here are some of the questions aimed at provoking our thinking in this area. We also learnt some new language for example the difference between appreciation and gratitude.
Our Thought Provoking Questions

  • I am grateful for..... (gratitude or appreciation)
  • What did you do in the past year that you're most proud of?
  • What is optimism?

We viewed different digital media and this got us thinking.

  • What character strengths are shown here?
  • What could this person do to develop these further?
  • 30,000 Days- We are only on this Earth for approximately 30,000 days. The film talks about our unique special sauce: the character strengths that make  us.

From here we created a slideshow about our own character strengths. These can also can be viewed in  our Google Slide accounts.

Where to from here? Our next steps

What is one thing we can do this week to develop our character strengths?

What is one way we have used this strength  in the past month?
How can we help other children develop their strengths?

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